Post # 1
My SO and I are planning on having a bit of a non-traditional wedding in the Philadelphia area. Currently, we are considering having our ceremony at either the Philadelphia Wedding Chapel (Tackawanna Street) or the Magic Gardens on South Street. We are planning on having 25-30 people (if at the chapel) or up to 50 people if we do it at the gardens as these are the limits for both of these venues. We aren’t really planning on having any type of reception, but just looking for a restaurant that can handle our bigger group with some advance notice to have a nice dinner.
If we get married at the wedding chapel I am thinking we would probably end up driving to South Street anyway since there are so many restaurants and photo opportunities in that area. I really don’t like the surrounding area of the wedding chapel, so it would kind of be a get married and leave for a nicer area kind of thing. The only reason I’m considering it is because they offer great packages which basically include everything we need, so there wouldn’t be much planning. The Magic Gardens have a lot more rules and regulations to follow, and there would be a lot of consideration that would have to go into getting guests there and set up/clean up.
So I have a few questions for Philly Bees, and particularly ones that maybe did something sort of similar for their own wedding.
-What restaurant would be able to accomodate anywhere from 25-50 people? I’m looking for something that serves alcohol, but also has a great variety of meal options since we will have about three younger kids there that will want chicken finger types of meals. We also aren’t looking to spend TONS of money on each meal. Hopefully an average of $50 per person.
-Do you know of any other simple places to get married in the area?
-Also, I LOVE the Manayunk area, but I just haven’t been able to find somewhere that we could have a simple ceremony followed by dinner at a nice restaurant. I think Manayunk would be great for photos, and it would be a lot simpler to find a ceremony site and restaurant all in the same area that we are planning on taking pictures to make traveling easier for our older guests. We’ve also considered something near Fairmount park, so any cheap ceremony spots and restaurants like I previously described would be great as well!
I think there are just so many options for our type of small wedding in Philly that it is a bit overwhelming for me to even think about! We have grown up outside of Philly all of our lives, but we aren’t there all the time, so we aren’t familiar with all of the areas. It’ll also be so nice to already be close to the airport for our departure!
Any other tips and suggestions would be great! Thank you 🙂
Post # 3
I think South Street is maybe the WORST place to take pictures. It’s dirty, ugly, and full of tourists/teenagers. So I’d get out of there as fast as possible!
Philly is one of those block by block cities, though. A few blocks north of South Street and you’re in a totally different neighborhood…same with a few blocks south of South.
Do you live in the city?
Post # 4
@peachacid: No, we are about an hour outside of it. I should add that we can also hire the officiant from the wedding chapel to marry us elsewhere if there’s somewhere that we find. I’m just worried about having to find/rent chairs and everything if we choose to do it somewhere outdoors. I also don’t want to have anything outdoors that is complicated to get to as we are inviting our grandparents, and mind have had hip and knee replacements. I just want things to be simple for all of us!
Post # 5
South Street is more so a hangout for teens/college students etc… although it is a great location for culture in the background, it is polluted so keep that in mind… this is coming from a 20 year old college student currently living in North Philly, all my friends go there EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND.
rittenhouse square is very popular for wedding photos as well as in Center City on Broad Street at the intersection w Chestnut with City Hall in the background. whenever I go on a Saturday morning, I always see a bride taking photos there.
As far as actual places to get married, Im not of big help sorry. A good amount of restaurants can accomodate that amount of people if you book ahead, so I would narrow down what you really want as far as aesthetics, style, food type etc. Have you considered getting married in an actual restaurant?
And I agree with the PP about Philly ranging from block sets.
Post # 6
I know a girl who did her ceremony at Magic Gardens and a brunch at Supper. I don’t know the maximum Supper can accommodate, but I think it would be worth an inquiry. If you’re planning on coming to the city anyway, I’d recommend just getting married at Magic Gardens and having your reception nearby. If you’re looking for a beautiful photo spot not too far from Magic Gardens, I’d recommend Washington Square West. I agree that South Street itself isn’t a great place for photos, but there are plenty of places in the vicinity. I don’t think it’d be a good idea to have your ceremony at the chapel and then come into the city, but that’s just my opinion. If you’re planning on having your ceremony in the burbs and then coming into the city for dinner, you can choose from a wider variety of restaurants with private rooms (rather than limiting yourself to the Magic Gardens vicinity).
Post # 7
@mckey430: I agree with you when you say that South Street is kind of a busier hang out for college students although I am a college student myself LOL. I just like the restaurant atmosphere of the street although I would probably prefer to have pictures done in a park setting.
@sweetpea1813: Washington Square West is really pretty! I never even thought of that. Philly has so many obvious places for pictures, and I’m sure anywhere would be beautiful. The only thing that concerns me about the Magic Gardens is that they seem to have a lot of requirements for holding a wedding there, and I’m also not sure about whether or not they provide chairs, tables, etc. for what I would need. I guess it’s worth inquiring about. I’m just the laziest wedding planner ever, and I would prefer to not have to worry about renting all of this stuff!
Post # 8
@beetee123: Have you checked out the Manayunk Brewery? I think that they could accomodate your party. The food is good, and the area is nice. I’d be going there myself but for the # of people I have, it’s a bit out of my range.
Post # 9
@purpledaisies: I’ve been considering that after doing some more research! Thank you! Just not sure if it’ll be the ideal menu since my SO is a bit picky LOL.